Ikusita 360 aldiz, jaitsita 4 aldiz
Nondik gertu: Uchisaiwaichō, Tokyo (Japan)
1 Shimbashi Station
I had lunch at Pronto.
Visited former Shimbashi Station (reconstructed), part of the building is now a gallery museum on trains.
3 Hamarikyu Gardens
At first glance it looks like a castle. During Edo period the area had the function as exterior defence depot for Edo Castle. By the mid 17th century, however, Tokugawa shoguns no longer had to worry about the enemies from the west. Then this area was used for the falcon hunting grounds for Shogun families and later remodeled as the garden. The military function was put to test only during the latter days of Edo period. During mid 19th century it even had the cannons as the defence against western naval ships. It is exceptionally huge for a Japanese garden with 25 hectres in area. But I highly recommend this garden for Japanese Garden starters because
1. Not as complicated as the rest of Japanese Gardens
Most of the Japanese Gardens are designed with myriad of motifs from ancient Chinese philosophy or popular scenic places in and out of Japan. This garden has less of such styles typical Japanese gardens have. So you can easily enjoy what you see.
2. You can enjoy four different tea houses
Among the five tea houses of the garden four of them are reconstructed and the newest was opened this year.
3. With a number of hills you can grasp how the garden is laid.
4. You can enjoy bird watching
and most of all,
5. You can enjoy the traditional Japanese tea served in the tea house in the middle of the huge pond.
What to do in one hour?
Concentrate on ponded area at the southwestern part of the garden and walk along the coastal path to ferry port and turn left to return to the main gate.
Main Gate---Statue--Pond--Bridge-Tea House-Fujimiyama--Ferry Port--Shrine--Flower Field--300-year Pine--Main Gate